Alyssa Conde is on a roll.
The Ellison junior scored two goals in less than two minutes during the first half of the Lady Eagles 3-2 victory over Killeen on Tuesday night at Leo Buckley Stadium to increase her season total to 22 goals in 18 games.
“Both times there were good balls played down the line and I got around one of their defenders,” Conde said. “On the first one, I got tangled up with someone and, luckily, it was in the box and I got the penalty kick to go.”
Ninety seconds later, she received the ball, sprinted to the left side of the goal box and booted it past the outstretched goalkeeper’s hand.
The Lady Eagles’ team defense dictated the pace in the first half as they built a 3-1 lead at the break.
“We came out and dominated the first half,” Conde said. “But Killeen came out stronger than us in the second and it took us awhile to get back into our groove.”
The Lady Eagles (6-11-1, 3-3 8-5A) were able to keep intense pressure on the Lady Roos, routinely intercepting Killeen passes and turning the turnovers into scoring opportunities.
“It was a great game,” Ellison coach Matthew Watts said. “We got the early 3-0 lead but we had to hang on because Killeen was able to come back and put up two goals on us — they deserve a lot of credit for that.”
Trailing 3-0, Killeen’s (1-8-4, 1-5) defense kicked the ball midway into the Lady Eagles’ zone. The Lady Roos’ Haley Crissman chased down a McKinze Jones lob-pass and outraced the pack, gathered the ball and shot it past the charging Ellison goalkeeper to close the gap 3-1.
Jones scored with eight minutes left in the second half to cut the Lady Eagles lead to 3-2.
“We started out really bad in the first 10 minutes and Ellison took advantage of that,” Killeen coach Richard Romeo said. “We played way better in the second half, and if we were a little luckier, we could have won.”
The Lady Roos had at least five open shots ricochet off posts or the crossbar rather than find the back of the net.
Ellison’s Mikayla Wozniak scored in the first four minutes to create the 1-0 Ellison lead before Conde continued her early-season hot streak.
Conde sees the victory as a possible launching pad for her Lady Eagles to soar into the playoffs.
“We had a good match and I think it will give us momentum going into the rest of the season,” she said. “We have to have a good, strong match against Shoemaker.”